'a silver thread in a ribbon of green'

flowing through Edinburgh

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: the Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 300 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually. 

Operating since 1988, it was the first river charity to be established in Scotland. Support our work by becoming a member, sending a donation or joining the hundred-strong team of volunteers who are involved in projects on the river and in running the Visitor Centre.   

The Trust is a registered Charity (number SC000015). Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Council’s Services for Communities and Communities and Families Departments.


Latest News

Path Resurfacing Works:

From 1st Aug for 10 days there will be a closure in Colinton with a local diversion in place. This project will continue upstream in coming weeks – see walkway page for latest news  – Sorry short term pain for long term gain

The Walkway

13 mile walkway winding through our capital

Visitor Centre

Open daily 10am to 4pm, community café & exhibition

The River

Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset

The Trust

Conserving and enhancing the river since 1988


Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith


Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Sun 4th Sep

Route less travelled – Slateford to Saughton

A guided walk discovering the history and wildlife of the river from Slateford, though Longstone and Stenhouse to Saughton Park. Join Kat and Sandie on this special guided walk to discover the lesser known and visited parts of the river – Suitable for adults. Do you know about the Scottish Exhibition, what about the speedway track, have your seen Stenhouse mansions? What went on with Bonny Prince Charlie at Grays Mills? All these and many other questions will be answered
2pm - 4pm
Free to Member - £7 non

Sun 18th Sep

Tales from the River Bank – Family Funday

Meet the river’s characters on this trail of activities, tales and fun along the river bank.
from 1pm
£4 per person

Sun 2nd Oct

Route less Travelled – Warriston to Bonnington

A guided walk discovering the history and wildlife of the river from Canonmills to Coalie Park
2pm - 4pm
Free to Member - £7 non

Latest News & Blog Posts


Walkway resurfacing update

Unfortunately there has been some issues with the new path surface which has be laid from Lanark Road to Colinton …


Passing on the knowledge

When volunteers join the Trust whether at the visitor centre or in doing practical conservation all we ask from them …


Electro-fishing with Charlotte and Forth Rivers Trust

Two weeks ago our Conservation Officer Charlotte completed her ‘Introduction to Electrofishing’ training near Inverness run by the Ness District …

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